Essays & Anthologies Book Reviews

LEAR by Harold Bloom
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"A measured, thoughtful assessment of a key play in the Shakespeare canon."
The noted critic and English professor digs deep to uncover what makes this play so profound. Read full book review >
HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL by Alexander Chee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"Deserving of a place among other modern classic writers' memoirs like Stephen King's On Writing and Chee's mentor Annie Dillard's The Writing Life."
A precise and candid set of essays from the novelist Chee (English and Creative Writing/Dartmouth Coll.; The Queen of the Night, 2016, etc.) about life, writing, and how each sustains the other. Read full book review >

THE PEACEMAKERS by Bruce W. Jentleson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 24, 2018

"An informative addition to the burgeoning field of leadership studies."
With John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage as a model, Jentleson (Public Policy and Political Science/Duke Univ.; American Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century, 2003, etc.) offers portraits of 18 transformative leaders who advanced international peace, justice, freedom, and human rights. Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE WASTED DAY by Patricia Hampl
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"'Loneliness eats away at you,' writes the author. 'Solitude fills and fills you.' A captivating and revelatory memoir."
A writer's life is conveyed through "a lens of penetrating inquiry." Read full book review >
ACID WEST by Joshua Wheeler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"In need of trimming and occasional rethinking but with much promise as well."
A collection of essays on life in the unenchanting part of the Land of Enchantment. Read full book review >

THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
EDNA LEWIS by Sarah B. Franklin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 13, 2018

"A fascinating, prismatic look at the legacy of one of America's most beloved chefs."
A collection of essays on the life and influences of pioneering chef Edna Lewis (1916-2006). Read full book review >
DAUGHTER IN RETROGRADE by Courtney Kersten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A refreshingly quirky memoir of soul-searching and family."
An essayist's story of her relationship with her mother, who accompanied her on voyages "to the Deep End of mysticism, astrology and signs from beyond." Read full book review >
THE ART OF READING by Damon Young
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"While Young's latest may be the essence of bookish preoccupation, it is a worthy challenge to read bravely, to regard deeply, and to weigh ideas with discernment and generosity."
A philosopher and ardent bibliophile assesses desirable qualities—curiosity, patience, pride, courage, temperance, justice—applied to the reading and comprehension of literature, powers the attentive reader can learn to wield. Read full book review >
THE PRODIGAL TONGUE by Lynne Murphy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2018

"A passionate defense (or is it defence?) of the 'fantastically flexible medium' that is English."
What is it about Americans' way with words that makes Brits so angry? An American linguistics professor attempts to find out. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT HELPED by Jessica Friedmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Well-rendered essays that make readers think and feel deeply."
A writer with a history of depression and anxiety plunges deeper into the abyss following the birth of her son. Read full book review >
ASSUME THE WORST by Carl Hiaasen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2018

"Slim but pointed and humorous; a good gift for the neighbor's kid's graduation."
Two of the literary world's most entertaining lighthearted cynics collaborate on a brief text that takes the form of a fake graduation speech. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >